Enugu - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has attributed the
problem of poor quality of telecommunication services to multiple taxation and
regulations by governments at all levels.
NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Dr Eugene Juwah, expressed regrets that
some state governments had restricted the spread of critical telecommunications
infrastructures by imposing different kinds of taxation on telecom companies.
Juwah, appealed to state governments to create an enabling environments to
encourage service providers in the interest of their citizens.
Juwah said that telecommunications had contributed 8.5 percent to
Nigeria’s gross domestic product.
He said that Nigeria had maintained the lead in Africa as the fastest
growing telecommunications market for five consecutive years, hence the
contribution to the GDP.
He said the commission had as of January recorded more than 127 million active
lines from less than 400 000 in 2001 and earned a teledensity of more
than 91 percent.
The vice chairman emphasised the commitment of the commission to providing
affordable and pervasive telecommunication services to the citizens.
“We have been confronted with the issue of multiple taxation and multiple
regulations at the various strata of the government.
“This has contributed its own challenge to the quality of service as the
spread of these critical infrastructures are restricted on account of some of
“Some state governments are beginning to see the benefits of having
pervasive telecommunication infrastructures in their domain and are now very
cooperative to focus less on taxation.
“We urge other states and local governments that have not joined to do
so,’’ Juwah said.-
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